Marias River flows coming out of Tiber Dam in June will increase sharply to see if mimicking nature can help endangered pallid sturgeon reproduce.
A bill for $12 billion supporting several Montana water projects is on its way the President Barack Obama’s desk after House and Senate approval last week.
Dave Fuller, left, and Chris Wesolek draw blood and an egg sample from a female pallid sturgeon that was netted on the Yellowstone River last week. The samples are drawn to find out how close the more than 60-year-old fish is to spawning.
Biological technician Ryan Wilson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases a paddlefish that was caught in a drift net meant to capture pallid sturgeon.
Netting crew members Zac Sandness, left, and Ryan Wilson work to untangle and release a paddlefish from their drift net.
Fish Wildlife and Parks fisheries technicians pull in a drift net while searching for pallid sturgeon on the Yellowstone River. The antenna in the front of the boat allows them to locate radio-tagged sturgeon. The federal crews, which don't have the telemetry gear, jokingly call the antenna …
Fisheries technician Tyler Berger rides in the bow of a jet boat on the lower Yellowstone River as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crew searches for pallid sturgeon last Thursday.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A bison skull and a car’s transmission are two of the strangest things Ryan Wilson has pulled up in a drift net from the bottom of the Yellowstone River while trying to capture wild pallid sturgeon.
A pallid sturgeon netted on the Yellowstone River near the confluence of the Missouri River is probably over 60 years old. Aging the fish is difficult, but there has been no documented successful reproduction of the wild fish since the dam creating Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota was erected in 1955.
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks employees, from left, Matt Rugg, Chris Wesolek, and Dave Fuller, release a pallid sturgeon after taking blood and eggs samples from the female fish.
Zac Sandness, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife technician, records where fish were netted on the Yellowstone River.
Tyler Berger, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service technician, releases a paddlefish from a drift net. Paddlefish spawn at about the same time as pallid sturgeon, so the more numerous fish are frequently caught as crews search for pallid sturgeon.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Then there were four.
Ryan Wilson with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service talks about netting pallid sturgeon on the Yellowstone River in North Dakota.
SIDNEY — In this frontier farm town of sugar beets and oil wells, spring arrives with the turn of an iron wheel.
Creating a twisting, 3-mile-long channel around Intake Diversion Dam on the lower Yellowstone River to allow endangered pallid sturgeon and other native fish to swim around the dam would cost an estimated $58.9 million and the moving of more than a million cubic yards of dirt and gravel whil…
Pallid sturgeon are related to fish that have been dated back 70 million years.
A 126-page document that contains or references most of what is known about the endangered pallid sturgeon in the Missouri and Mississippi rivers has been completed and released to the public.
George Jordan, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, leads the pallid sturgeon recovery team.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees hold a pallid sturgeon. The agency and others have been working for 20 years to restore the species in the Missouri, Mississippi and Yellowstone river systems.